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Juneau residents will observe the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with prayer, moments of silence, memorial services and other public gatherings on Wednesday.
Students at the University of Alaska Southeast will hold a campus-wide gathering beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Mourant Lake Room on campus with a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m., the time the first hijacked plane hit the first tower of the World Trade Center last year.
UAS' moment of silence will coincide with a statewide moment of silence authorized by Gov. Tony Knowles. Another moment of silence is scheduled for 11 a.m. as proposed by Mayor Sally Smith.
At noon in Riverside Rotary Park in the Mendenhall Valley, a stone monument erected in memory of the firefighters and police killed during the Sept. 11 attacks will be dedicated and the Rotary police officer of the year will be named. A reception will follow. More information can be found athttp://www.kinyradio.com/911memorial.html
Restoration Grace Outreach Center will hold an interdenominational prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at its 5636 Glacier Highway center.
Civic and religious leaders will make presentations to the community pertaining to Sept. 11 at a community memorial service at 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall.
Scheduled speakers include representatives of several local religious institutions, the mayor, Catholic Bishop Michael Warfel and Reps. Beth Kerttula and Bill Hudson. The event will include a concert led by J. Allan MacKinnon of Northern Light United Church, with a solo by Joyce Parry Moore. A musical prelude will be provided by the Nimbus Quartet. An Interfaith Peace Vigil for silent prayer and meditation also will be held in a separate room at the hall.
The event will be broadcast live on KTOO-FM, which also will suspend its regular broadcasts beginning at 1 a.m. Wednesday to present live coverage of events in New York City, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.
Melanie Plenda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.